Thursday, January 12, 2012

Five Tips for a Quick Home Sale

Spring is always a popular time of year for people to put their homes on the market. Perhaps it’s because they’ve had a long, cold winter to spend a lot of time indoors, and they’re anxious for new surroundings. Or maybe it’s because Spring offers a fresh start and represents opportunity for the months to come.

Regardless of why you decide to sell your home, there’s no doubt that you would like it to sell quickly and at the right price.

Following are five tips to help ensure smooth sailing when it comes time to sell your home.

1. Work with a pro. To ensure a quick sale, you have to be sure your buyers can afford to pay what they offer. Experienced real estate agents take precautions to make sure buyers are not overreaching their grasp. And based on our negotiating expertise, we can work with buyers and negotiate contracts that do not, as a rule, tend to fall through. We also bear all the costs of advertising your home. This can seem minor at first, but newspaper ads and signage can quickly add up. And, best of all, we work for you. It’s in our best interest to ensure your home sells fast and you’re pleased with the price you receive for your home.
2. Price accordingly. As your local real estate experts, we’re in the know when it comes to what’s selling in your marketplace. We have access to a database of statistics that enable us to help you set a price that will make your house attractive to buyers without undercutting your bottom line. After all, if your home stays on the market for an extended period of time, the process can become extremely hard on you and your family – especially if you have your eye on another home.
3. Set the stage. Aside from pricing your home accurately from the onset, the way your home is seen by potential buyers is the next most important aspect in ensuring a quick sale. Getting your house ready to sell can help you connect with buyers on an emotional level that enables them to picture themselves and their families living in your home. With the popularity of home decorating and renovation programs on TV, people are more accustomed to looking at houses with an eye for design. But this doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. The most important first step is getting rid of clutter and personal items so potential buyers can picture themselves easily moving in their belongings.
4. Go where the buyers are. If you want a quick sale at the best price, it only makes sense to compete on the biggest market – and there’s no question that the biggest market in Canada is the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). Going it alone means relying on you and, while that may sound appealing to some, the numbers argue against it.
5. Create word of mouth. Finally, if you have a home that one of your friends or acquaintances has often admired, put the word out to your friends and ask them to spread the word. Doing so could help you avoid the stress of staging and hosting open houses, and get you the quick sale you’re seeking.

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